Pippo Inzaghi felt Milan’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool was “undeserved. We were naive, but I saw the right spirit and response.”
It has been a disastrous US pre-season tour for the Rossoneri, who also lost 3-0 to Olympiacos and 5-1 against Manchester City.
“It’s a shame about the undeserved 2-0 defeat, but this was the response I was looking for,” the Coach told acmilan.com.
“It was a good reaction, I am happy with my lads and do not remember our goalkeeper making a save, whereas Simon Mignolet was called into action.
“In the second half we played 30 minutes at a very high level and the second goal was excessive punishment.
“We must continue with this spirit and this desire. I can only tell my lads to continue along this path, then once the season begins our true value will emerge.”
Michael Essien was caught on the ball for the opening goal, while Christian Abbiati parried a Ricky Lambert penalty before Suso’s late strike.
“Perhaps we are still a little naive,” continued Inzaghi. “We conceded two goals when we had possession, but I am the one asking them to play from the back. We are Milan and we can’t just hoof the ball up field.
“Now we go forward and I liked the reaction from everyone in our defensive phase. If it had ended 1-0 or even 1-1, nobody could’ve complained.”
Mario Balotelli was again ineffective when coming off the bench, while Mbaye Niang seemed to be the liveliest player in a Rossoneri jersey.
“Niang is doing well, he has a good attitude and I don’t think there are many players born in December 1994 who are this good. We need to give him time and confidence.
“While in the other games we struggled, here we played on a par with one of the best teams in Europe.
“We’re starting to see traces of the Milan I want, especially in terms of determination. There is a good spirit and we have to work from there.
“This team needs to shake off some of the fear and anxiety from last season and I think this game can help give a lot of confidence.”